About the Department
The Department of Sociology and Political Science offers a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, undergraduate minors in Criminal Justice, Political Science, Philosophy, and Sociology, and a graduate minor in Sociology.
The Department provides three options for Sociology majors: (1) B.S. in Sociology, (2) B.S. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice, and (3) B.S. in Sociology with a concentration in Social Work.
We also have four options available for Political Science majors: (1) B.S. in Political Science, (2) B.S. in Political Science with a concentration in Legal Studies, (3) B.S. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Comparative Government, and (4) B.S. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations (International Focus).
The Sociology curriculum has three main purposes: (1) to aid students in understanding the roles of social forces and ideas in shaping modern society; (2) to provide a well-rounded education preparing the student for a wide range of occupations, particularly those which work directly with people or with categories or groups of people; and (3) to provide a sound academic background for graduate study in sociology or for such professions as law or the ministry.
Criminal Justice Concentration, Advisor: Dr. Mannle. The Criminal Justice Program offers a baccalaureate (B.S.) concentration, and a minor (15 hours) in criminal justice. The B.S. concentration involves a major in Sociology with a large proportion of course work in criminal justice. Those who complete the B.S. degree will have a sound foundation that prepares them to compete for positions in law enforcement, corrections and social service agencies, or for admission to law school.
Social Work Concentration, Advisor: Ms. Brown. The Department of Sociology and Political Science offers a social work concentration for those students interested in a career in social work. Social work is a "helping profession" that assists people who face difficult problems. Some social workers do their work in family service agencies dealing with marriage, health and child welfare problems. Others work in a medical setting providing assistance to patients and their relatives during a health crisis or a death. Still others work in the area of corrections assisting juvenile and adult law violators in rehabilitation. Social workers can also be found in public welfare agencies assisting the poor and disabled and in industry assisting employees with chemical abuse problems.
A Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science is offered with courses in each of the six main areas of specialization within the discipline: International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, American Government, State and Local Government, and Public Administration. A student who majors in Political Science at Tech is provided a broad liberal arts education with adequate specialization in the major and ample opportunity to take elective courses in related areas. Graduates are well-prepared for a number of options: graduate studies, law school, employment in government or private business.
Legal Studies Concentration: Advisor, Dr. Maxwell. The Political Science program offers a legal studies concentration for those students interested in law school. The concentration involves a major in Political Science with a large proportion of course work focused on the legal process, courtroom procedures, and the politics of law.
International Relations & Comparative Government Concentration, Advisor, Dr. Anderson. The Political Science program offers two concentrations in International Relations and Comparative Government. The basic International Relations and Comparative Government concentration provides focused coursework on aspects of foreign policy, various governance and state structures, and foreign relations. For those interested in a career in an international environment, the program offers a International Relations and Comparative Government concentration with an International Focus. The international focus consists of extensively language training in addition to the aforementioned focused coursework.
The philosophy courses offered in the Department of Sociology and Political Science are taught by our resident philosopher, Dr. Carlton. The courses are designed to help students acquire appreciation for the values and modes of reflection appropriate for the philosophical mind. They seek to stimulate interest in the ultimate human questions and to help students understand the proposed answers to those questions given by thinkers across the centuries. A baccalaureate minor is available and is especially appropriate for those interested in the humanities, the social sciences, and the professions.